Re: I keep trying....
Are you "getting perpendicular" to the satellite with your antenna?... FT-60R ... Smiley 270A ...
You ARE making contacts!
Sounds like you are doing everything correctly. Just make sure the satellite you are working is in V/U mode.
If it doesn't improve for you, you may want to try building a simple (and inexpensive!) dual-band Yagi. Plans are on ...